Looking for a nice place in the countryside, but still close to a lovely city? - Overijssel, Netherlands




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  • Description


    We are a family of 5. Jean Paul 48, Cindy 45 and our 3 children are a boy of 17, a girl of 15 and a little girl of 6 years old. We both worked in the travel and tourism industry. 4 years ago we decided to start our own small holiday accommodation and bought ourselves an old farmhouse. We renovated the building with a lot of help from Workawayers. Now we rent out 2 accommodations: a studio and a holiday house. Our goal is to offer a place where guests can relax and have quality time together in a natural environment. Last year, we turned the big barn into a place to live for ourselves. Again with the help of workawayers. We really enjoyed this time. Next Summer, we will build a terrace with a canopy and we have some painting work to do outside. We can also use some help in the (vegatable) garden, in the house and sometimes cleaning...

    The farm is situated in the country site. The city centre of Zwolle is only 10 minutes by car. Zwolle is situated in the central East of the Netherlands. Amsterdam, Utrecht and Groningen are easy to reach by car or train within the hour.
    As you can read in our feedbacks, we really like to meet new people and other cultures. We love to share and spend time together, next to the (sometimes hard) work.

    In times of Corona, it is not always possible to host workawayers. If you have plans to visit the Netherlands and you would like to know if it's possible to stay with us, please send us an e-mail. We hope we can start to host workawayers from April/May again ;).

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Babysitting and creative play
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

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    Projects involving children

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  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cindy worked the last few years in the cultural sector and Jean Paul is working for the National Forestry. Our direct neighbours are still farming with cows and sheep. Zwolle is an ancient city with stone walls and medieval buildings. Deventer (35km), Kampen (20km), Hattem (20km) and Zwolle are so called "Hanzesteden" and were the home of merchants in the 16th century who traded over the river "IJssel". Within 45 minutes you can visit several national parks (Weerribben Wieden, Sallandse Heuvelrug, Drents Friese Wold, Drentse AA, Hoge Veluwe). Zwolle has a big diversity in cultural events during these months.

  • Help


    We can use help in the garden, some painting projects outside, help with chores in the family home

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Dutch: Fluent
    German: Intermediate
    Spanish: Beginner
    French: Beginner

  • Accommodation


    We have a caravan available with a small toilet. You can take a shower in our house.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We speak English, German, French and of course Dutch and a little Spanish.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

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    Hours expected

    4-5 hours a day (20-25 hours per week), flexible

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Host ref number: 329845714997